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Banjara Retreat & Cottage - Sojha
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Hi,

This is place is very strategically built in a valley overlooking awesome views. Sojha is a sleepy village with probably 5-6 shops. The population board depicts ~40. We went around Mar 30 last year while it was still snowing.

En route to Jalori Pass, which is beautiful during winters with snow, this place would come, but one has to make an effort of running down 50 odd stair steps.

The retreat is a beautiful property with all amenities. Your package would include all meals.
The rooms are nice and cozy. There are plenty of indoor activities to do like board games and books which are decorate in shelves across lobbies.
They also have a very good lawns and table tennis place outside. Bonfire and bar setup can be made in the evenings.
The food is delicious with decent variety in bf, lunch and dinner.
It's clean, electricity round the clock, hot water, clean blankets etc, all are taken care of.
The best part is the staff. Very friendly, sober and active. Nice smiles. The manager we met was a very nice to converse and very thoughtful about service.
See the pics for absolute idea.

Room Tip: Do not take a room above kitchen....
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

This retreat is at a heightof 8000 feet. Which tells you about temperatures even in summer.Its tucked away on the mountainside, about 100 feet down from the bustling village of Shoja with a huge population of 35!!!! Go to this place to simply relax in lovely sunshine on the green lawn, falling asleep on the garden chair halfan hour after breakfast and suddenly waking up at noon. Evenings are generally spent around the open air barbecue with guests enthusiastically making up a liquor jackpot (hotel has no bar). Dry or rain, the barbecue operates.
Hotel is self service and the food is homely. There are good gentle treks nearby, including a falld that is very nice.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Lene-Bappa
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

The hotel is tucked away in the mountains. You climb down the steps to it from the really bustling overpopulated village of Shoja ( pop.35; yes, that is true !!!), and you come to this small place with lovely views all around. Temperature in summer was around Two degrees in the night. Place is at 8000 feet.
The drive from Narkanda to Shoja is beautiful, passing through absolutely charming river valleys, and a treat for the eyes.
The hotel itself is nice, though self service. Food is homestyle, so don't expect much. On the other hand they have a very good barbecue in the evenings.
Bring your own bottle(s). The style is to pool all guest bottles on the barbecue counter in a kind of liquor potluck.
Mornings are spent sitting out on the lawn enjoying the sun on your face and falling asleep at 9 am!
For small excursions, take your car about 2 kilometers down the road and park.very pleasant short trek to a small waterfall through the jungle. Also, as you motordown from Shoja to Manali, you cross villages where weavers will sell you fantastic shawls for less 2han 2000 Rupees.

Room Tip: Take one of the two large woodpanelled ones with a common verandah and a fantastic view of the valle...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We booked our vacation with Banjara Camps through Hammock Holidays. Our agent suggested Sojha and Sangla camps when I asked for some "different experience in the mountains apart from the usual Shimla, Darjeeling kind of experience".

We flew into Delhi on a Friday evening past midnight, stayed at a B&B close to the airport and started driving to Sojha in the morning around 8:30AM. Despite minimal breaks, we reached the camp only at midnight. The last couple of hours of driving were quite scary especially after the Jalori pass - fog made the visibility close to zero and we had several mini heart-attacks when the car took sharp turns in total darkness. Our driver, Jeevan, was quite experienced and was smiling through it all. Gods from several religions were remembered at every hairpin bend. Though the staff had kept some noodles for us, we could hardly eat and immediately slept more out of fear than tiredness that night thinking that we had made a mistake choosing such a place for our vacation.

The first minute of the next morning changed our opinion - we found ourselves perched in the middle of some beautiful mountains. Birds were siting right in front of our rooms and chirping - the valley down below was beautiful and the air was refreshing. We had a good breakfast, met fellow residents over the breakfast table and went for a forest walk to the nearby waterfall (about 3.5km one way). It was a great experience and helped us get used to the altitude.

We planned a walk to the lake on the next day but we woke up to see that it was drizzling and foggy all around - we decided to brave the weather and try our luck. We drove until Jalori pass and started the walk to a nearby lake (about 7km one way) along with our local guide. It was drizzling and chilly for the couple of hours. It was one of the best walks we've done in the rain. By late morning, the sun came out and it was a gorgeous day after that - we had some great views of the valley below.

We reached the lake in a couple of hours. The lake was quite serene and the temple was quite empty. We had packed lunch form the camp and ate it at nearby teashop before starting our walk back. One of the best ways to spend a vacation day. The next day we left Sojha for the Sangla camp.

Rishi and all the staff at the Sojha camp were quite friendly and helpful. The food was quite good and the rooms were clean. Truly a different experience to the usual summer vacations in the mountains.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

During our India tour we stayed 2 days at this camp/hotel. We were the only guests. It is just great. Very good food, wonderful nature and a nice trek to the fort. We really felt at home. Since this was October it wa salready cold in the morning but with a heater the dining room and our room was made warm.
The family of the owner made us feel part of their family. Thank you!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

My husband and I travelled to this Banjara property in Sojha for our first anniversary. Sojha is a tiny village just north of Jalori Pass. If you're a nature lover, trekker and a driving enthusiast, this place is for you.

Getting there - the people at Banjara are very accurate when they tell you that a certain stretch will take you a certain amount of time. It will not take you lesser time than what they say. Try and do the final ascent to the retreat in the day time. We did it at night. The loose gravel on the narrow, unpaved roads, the height you rapidly gain and the numerous hairpin bends are better tackled in daylight. Once you're there, you have to climb down over a 100 stairs from where you park to get to the retreat. There is also a walking path that takes you down.

Stay - we went there just at the end of the season (November end), so we had the place all to ourselves. We stayed in the Deodar suite, which is their best accomodation. It is spacious (as is the bathroom), comfortable, has a geyser, an oil heater in the room, thick quilts and reasonably hard mattresses, which is a very welcome change from the fluffy ones you get in most other hotels. The rooms don't have TVs (thumbs up for me). The suite also has a sun room attached to it - basically a room with glass on the outer sides to give you a greenhouse effect when the sun is shining at its brightest. It's lovely.

Food - the chef is brilliant. It's mostly simple Indian home food that's cooked, but it's awesome food! While we were there, the chef from their Kaza retreat was serving in Sojha, and his desserts were what we looked forward to everyday. On our anniversary night, he even made us a cake. I guess that was a perk of being the only ones there, but it was delicious nonetheless. Another thing worth mentioning is their apple juice. It was really good.

Things to do - we did a number of stunningly beautiful treks from Jalori pass, which is 5 kms from the retreat. For those who don't want to move around too much, you can relax in their lawns and enjoy the gorgeous views. They have plenty of books for you to read, and games like chess, carrom board and ludo are available too. Even if you are a trekker, it's worth spending a day sunning yourself in the lawns.

Cleanliness - I must point out that this is a nature retreat, with houses of the local people adjoining the property. Expect to see cattle and grass around you once in a while because the retreat has merged into the villagers' way of life. Also, rooms and bathrooms aren't cleaned daily, nor are towels changed unless you ask for it. You have to do your best to keep your own room clean while you are there.

Service - I've saved the best for the last. The service and hospitality of the people running the show is unparalelled. The staff is ever ready to help, and very friendly and chilled out. The resort manager, Mr. Rishi Thakur, is always around, whether for a simple chat, or for a rescue mission back from a trek, which we required when my husband twisted his ankle and wasn't able to walk very well on his own. Getting back to the retreat and resting the foot for the next day went from being a challenging task to a breeze. They have my highest praise and commendation.

All in all - It's a place for people looking for a holiday to get close to nature and enjoy the beauty and majesty of the mountains, but not for people looking for luxury. The location is beautiful. The comfort of Banjara makes it so much easier to enjoy that beauty.

Room Tip: Ask for Deodar suite. It's fully worth it.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Apurva V
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

The Banjara Retreat in Sojha is not just another hotel, it's a home far away from your own place. I had the pleasure of staying and volunteering there for more than two months and it was a wonderful experience.

The retreat is located in a remote area so be prepared for a real mountain experience. Being this close to nature will be a true blessing for every nature lover! The lawn of the retreat offers breathtaking views on the Dhauladhar range: no better place to wake up with a cup of tea, chat with the other guests and watch the birds fly in and out of the apple trees! Close to Jalori Pass, this place offers amazing hikes for everyone's taste!

The retreat is surrounded by houses of local villagers which will give you a true feeling of mountain life. It contains a traditional building with the dining area and four rooms on the top floor, and a cottage building with six rooms. Although all rooms are clean and comfortable, the cottage rooms are more contemporary and have adjacent balconies with better views.

But the real value of this place is the warm hospitality you will feel as soon as you descend the stairs to the property. The manager Mr. Rishi does a great job in looking after the property, assisted by a team of very friendly and helpful staff. With lots of knowledge about the area, an entertaining chat around the bonfire and a helping hand whenever needed, Mr. Rishi assures that everyone has an unforgettable stay in Sojha!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Shoja 175123, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kullu District > Shoja
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Shoja
Price Range: £63 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located near the picturesque hamlet of Sojha, in the spectacular Seraj valley of Kullu we offer comfortable, well furnished rooms in a solid cedar wood house surrounded by thickly forested mountains with snow covered Himalayan peaks as a backdrop. There is a well equipped kitchen to serve sumptuous meals. The numerous walks and treks in the surrounding forests and meadows are a special feature of the area and the drive to the resort is a pleasure in itself. ... more   less 

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